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Magnus Carlsen vs Alexander Grischuk
20th Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2011) (rapid), Monaco MNC, rd 10, Mar-23
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack Anti-English (B90)  ·  1-0



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Mar-23-11  MUNGOMYERS: What a fantastic game by Magnus !!!!!!!!!!
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  Penguincw: < MUNGOMYERS: What a fantastic game by Magnus !!!!!!!!!!>

I agree. :)

Mar-23-11  TheRavenPK: What a fantastic tournament by Magnus :)
in a rapid section 8.5/10 !! ok, I know, that this tournament is just for fun, but this result sends a message :)
Mar-23-11  TheoNov: MAGNUSificent!
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  HeMateMe: "Grisched Lightning!"
Mar-23-11  jmboutiere: After 10 moves Grischuk has equalised
Mar-23-11  jmboutiere: 15...h5 + 0.76; 15...Bc3 + 0.o5
seems the first mistake
18...Bf6 + 0.95; 18...Ng6 +0.95
19...K4e5 +0.98; 19...Bh6 + 1.04
23...h4 0.98; 23...Bf6 +1.70
44...Qf7 mate in 3
Mar-23-11  jmboutiere: I can imagine even Kasparov to be proud of his student, not only Karpov
Mar-23-11  carl giraffe: <jmboutiere: 44...Qf7 mate in 3>

44...Qf7 mate in 2 ;)

Mar-23-11  sevenseaman: Words like siege, encirclement, total control come to mind. Surely a future WC on the march!
Mar-24-11  Garech: Savage game from Magnus - very nice how he opts for this opening that provokes the kingside weaknesses for black, still manages to ensure initiative for most of the game, defends astutely on the queenside and then opens up the already weakened kingside, leaving Grischuk nowhere to leave his king. Brilliant play!


Mar-25-11  Ulhumbrus: in the position after 24...Nd7 how does Carlsen dismantle Black's defences and open the game for White? The method might be outlined thus.

1. The move 25 Bd3 uncovers his heavy pieces on the e file and induces the manoeuvre ...Bf6-e5.

2. The exchange 27 Bxe5 draws the d6 pawn on to e5.

3. The advance 32 f4 attacks the e5 pawn and induces the advance 32...f6.

4. Upon the advance 33 g4 Black can't remove the g pawn as the h pawn is pinned.

5. With the advance 35 g5 White's f4 pawn and g5 pawn are attacking Black's e5 pawn and f6 pawn respectively.

6. The exchange 37 gxf6 exchanges the g5 pawn for the e7 pawn, removing one obstruction from the e file

7. The exchange 38 fxe5 removes the f6 pawn defending the pawn on e5.

8. The move 39 Nd3 overpowers the last obstruction on the e file towards Black's King.

I make the way in which Carlsen won sound almost like a routine technical plan, which it wasn't. Grandmasters Seirawan and de Firmian who were providing a commentary on the official site praised it highly.

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  chancho: Magnus won 9 lost 1 and drew 1 in the rapid section.

Quite an accomplishment.

Only 20 and 2800+...

The thought of this kid improving even further is frightening!

If he gets even more ambitious, boy, watch out!

Jul-11-11  kappertjes: Right after studying this game I got to play the white side. Following the game to 17. exd5 after which he played Nb4, it was a 5 0 blitz, and it was over. Nevertheless I really liked Carlsen's calm response to black's initial pressure (i.e. Kb2, Nd5). It is of course nice to play his prep against an unsuspecting opponent online :-).

Also, check out the discussion of the game by GM De Firmian, it is really instructive:

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